Juicy mountain meadows, organic mountain cuisine, summit library and legendary rock walls!
Route: Hintersteiner See - Scheffau village
Kaiserkrone - stage 3
Behind the Pension Maier, the forest path 45 leads up to the Walleralm, a mountain meadow hamlet at the foot of the Zettenkaiserkopf, at a moderate rise from the parking place (subject to fees). A brief climb up to the Kreuzbichl will be rewarded with wonderful views. You can also enjoy refreshments at the Walleralm.
Continue on along the path 827 across mountain meadows, past the Jägerbrünnl and through the forest to the cross at the Hochegg (1,470 m). The Adlerweg will take you on along gentle mountain meadows to the cosy Kaindlhütte (1,293 m) at the Steinbergalm, a beautiful plateau above Kufstein. Leisurely hikers can use the calm and idyllic plateau to recover in the afternoon and spend the night. In the evening, they can watch the chamois graze, while the summits of the Scheffauer and Zettenkaiser are glowing red in the sunset.
The path 827 continues eastwards to the entrance to the Bettlersteig, which leads steeply downhill in serpentines past the Talofenschlucht and the north wall of the Hackenköpfe at first, mostly on stairs and across eight gorges. One passage is secured with wire rope and three iron brackets. Climbing up, you will first reach the Straßwalch Jagdhütte below the Straßwalchschlucht and then the Kaisertal with the Anton-Karg-Haus (also called the Hinterbärenbad, 829 m), which is run with great love for detail and picturesquely embedded above the Hörfarter chapel.
Continue hiking easily uphill on the foot path 96/901 along the brook across steps to the Hans-Berger-Haus (also called the Kaisertalhaus, 936 m), where cottage keeper Silvia will be waiting for you with organic cuisine and the summit library.
Continue along bands of mountain pine on the path 801, which grows steeper from here onwards, through the forest and across many stairs to the Stripsenjochhaus (1,577 m), located on a saddle by the foot of the legendary rock walls "Totenkirchl" and "Fleischbank", which have reached cult status among climbers. Enjoy sunset with the Kaiser summits lit orange!
ADVICE for true mountain enthusiasts: crossing the Ellmauer Tor
ADVICE for true mountain enthusiasts: crossing the Ellmauer TorExperience the fascination of the Wilder Kaiser with its impressive and historic rock walls when crossing from North to South. For detailed information on this alternative route, see here.